ARE ROBOTS READY FOR HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS?
Can robots be designed to handle the high degree of uncertainty and task complexity often found in humanitarian missions?
With the rapid advent of information and communication technologies in the last two decades, robots are increasingly becoming a potential option for use in a number of humanitarian missions. Such robots are expected to bring with it large benefits to humans from improving productivity to saving lives of individuals on the ground.
Given the diverse nature of humanitarian missions and the deployment scenarios, there exist ample opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs and designers to innovate transformative solutions to traditional problems in robot locomotion, sensing, mechanism design, manipulation, human robot interaction and multi-robot coordination.
The inaugural 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications (RAHA) provides a platform through its robot competition for researchers, engineers, industry professionals, and humanitarian workers to share their robotic and automation concepts, prototypes, products, or algorithms for application in the following humanitarian themes:
- Robot assisted search and rescue. Inspection and structural assessment of critical infrastructure
- Rehabilitation and assistive robotics
- Nuclear site monitoring, decommissioning, and hazardous waste cleanup. Search and rescue
- Fire fighting
- Inspection and structural assessment of critical infrastructure
- Floods, landslides, and earthquakes
- Education and learning
- Rehabilitation and assistive systems
- Medical and surgical
- Automotive safety
HAVE AN IDEA?
We are particularly interested in novel ideas centered around the above mentioned topics that significantly impact the work processes and quality of life of individuals around the world.
There are two categories of competitions: National & International
The entries may be submitted for either category. Only contestants from India can participate in the National category with entries dealing specifically to issues related to India under the humanitarian themes listed above. In the International category contestants from any part of the world can participate including contestants from India.
ENTER VIA EMAIL
Entry to the competition requires an intention to participate email with the following information:
Team Members Name (Limited to a Maximum of 5 Members per team):
Summary of the Design Concept, Prototype or Product (Limited to a Maximum of 500 Words):
We strongly encourage participants to include a video link capturing live robot demonstrations, animated concepts or use cases. Up to 20 submissions will be selected for final rounds to be held as part of the RAHA conference on 19th December 2016. During the final rounds, a panel of expert judges will review the presentations and nominate entries for the awards. It is compulsory for the finalist teams to send at least one member to attend the final rounds to qualify for the awards. Submit your entries in your desired format to
Competitions Submission Deadline:
Final Rounds: Monday 19th December 2016
All shortlisted finalists will receive a certificate of merit. Awards will be distributed in both National and International categories. A panel of expert judges will review the final rounds and nominate entries for the following awards:
– Gold Award
– Silver Award
– Bronze Award
– Best Research Award
– Best Marketable Robot Award
– Best Mechanical Design Award